Bridgette Rettstatt enters Tuesday's home matchup with East Carolina coming off back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts.
Game Day Central Links: Live Video (ESPN+, subscription required) Live Audio (LFSN Radio) Live Stats Liberty Game Notes Purchase Tickets Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook East Carolina Women's Basketball Webpage ASUN Women's Basketball Webpage Game Time: Tuesday - 7 p.m. TV Coverage: ESPN+ (Subscription Required) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo Sidelines: Emily Austen Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network - Radio WQLU 90.9 FM The Light Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines • Liberty (2-6) returns to the Vines Center for its final non-conference home game on Tuesday, playing host to East Carolina (3-5) for the first time. • The Lady Flames will aim for their first home win of 2019-20, their first triumph over ECU and their first-ever victory over an American Athletic Conference foe. • Liberty will seek to avenge a 66-63 setback at East Carolina last season, which saw Justice Gee hit the game-winning three-pointer at the final buzzer. • Keyen Green, the 2018 Big South Player of the Year, is making a successful return from an ankle injury which sidelined her for the entire 2018-19 season. The redshirt junior center is leading the Lady Flames in both scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) through the early stages of the season. • Ashtyn Baker was named to the Miami Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team on Saturday after averaging a team-high 13.5 ppg during the event. She is scoring a career-high 10.5 ppg this season and went for 13 points and seven rebounds against ECU a year ago. Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. East Carolina • Both Liberty and East Carolina are looking to turn things around following slow starts to the season. The Lady Flames began the year at 1-5, while ECU opened at 1-4. • ECU is currently dealing with a number of injuries. Justice Gee, who hit the game-winning three-pointer against Liberty last season, will miss the entire 2019-20 campaign due to injury. • The Pirates, visiting the Vines Center for the first time, are making their third trip to Virginia already this season. They are 1-1 in the Commonwealth, with a 53-40 loss at VCU on Nov. 20 and a 64-61 triumph at Longwood on Thursday. • ECU was picked to finish 11th of 12 teams in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll, ahead of only SMU. Conversely, Liberty was picked second of nine squads in the ASUN Conference, trailing only FGCU. • Both teams will take lengthy breaks from competition after Tuesday. Liberty does not return to the court until Dec. 14 at Hampton, while the Pirates' next game is not for nearly two weeks (Dec. 16 home game vs. Howard). • Liberty is facing a first-year head coach for the second time in the last three games (also Miami (Ohio)). Kim McNeill is in her first season with the Pirates after spending the previous three years at Hartford. Liberty vs. American • Liberty is 0-3 all-time versus American Athletic Conference opponents, with all three losses coming by single digits. • Liberty lost 75-68 to Houston at UMass on Nov. 24, 2017. The Lady Flames then lost a pair of American matchups last season, including their 66-63 setback at East Carolina (Dec. 13, 2018) and a 53-45 loss to UCF in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2018). • Tuesday's game will mark the first time an American Athletic Conference team has played at the Vines Center.
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